Monday, October 15, 2012
Life is so bittersweet. Often it seems more bitter than sweet to me, but I don't count my bountiful blessings enough. I'm working hard to become a glass half full instead of a glass half empty person.
I received some sad news yesterday. One of my friends that I met in Maine several years ago has been told he has only 2-4 months to live. He is a very talented artist, a philosopher, the life of the party and is going to be taken away from this earth too soon in the eyes of the people that love him. Still, souls are called home in God's time, not ours.
My mom and I were discussing the pros and cons of knowing your death is immenent. You can put your affairs in order, say your good-byes, and tackle your bucket list, health allowing. I know I am going to die some day. I hope there are things I accomplish before I go. I think it could be somewhat freeing to know when you are going to die.
Personally, I'd stop worrying about the outcome of the election and the future of America. I would sell everything that I own and travel the world. I'd swim with the whales next week, not some 2-3 years from now. I would go to the Galapagos islands. I would cry that I am going to be taken from my loved ones.
My friend is a world traveler. He loves India and is making arrangements to go there to die.
Such is the natural order of life.
Then there is the simple joy that I have because I awoke to my 3 kitties surrounding me in bed and my angel fish have spawned. This is about the 5th time they have done so. From what I have read, domestic angel fish have to learn how to be parents because their natural instinct has been bread out of them. They have eaten the eggs from all their prior spawns. Still, it is exciting to me to the potential of small fry and the possibilty of just one surviving.
There is also the joy of being with my soul mate. I love him so much, I can't understand how I could ever cause him the pain of taking my own life. Fortunately, I believe I have the capabilities to live a fairly happy life and I'm going to seize each and every day. I will also take every opportunity to seize my hubby.
I really don't know if there is a point to all this rambling. I'd just like to say that I thank God for still allowing me life, despite my efforts to end it. Whatever is in store for me, I will endure in anticipation of eternal life in heaven.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Fear is the biggest deamon I fight. Fear of failure, fear of rejection, fear of imperfection and on and on the list goes and grows. Fear can suffocate the life out of you, so how can it be overcome? Tackle it head on. Here are some of my favorite quotes and sayings on the topic.
FEAR = False Evidence Appearing Real
Face your fear and it will dissapear. - Judi
Feed the fear, starve the soul. - Judi
The greatest mistake you can make in life
is to be continually fearing you will make one.
- Elbert Hubbard
The wise man in the storm prays God,
not for safety from danger,
but for deliverance from fear.
It is the storm within which endangers him,
not the storm without.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears. ~Les Brown
You can conquer almost any fear if you will only make up your mind to do so. For remember, fear doesn't exist anywhere except in the mind. ~Dale Carnegie
The key to change is to let go of fear. ~Rosanne Cash
Fear is a darkroom where negatives develop. ~Usman B. Asif
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain. ~Frank Herbert
The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.
¨ Franklin D. Roosevelt
Have no fear of perfection - you'll never reach it.
¨ Salvador Dal¨ª
Face your fears and doubts, and new worlds will open to you.
- Robert Kiyosaki
Do the thing you fear most and the death of fear is certain.
- Mark Twain
Please share your favorite quotes and sayings about fear. As for the Fear Demon...bring it! I am ready for this fight.
Tuesday, October 09, 2012
If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.
Life is hard by the yard, but it's a cinch by the inch. - Something my granny always used to tell me.
Into each life some rain must fall.
Don't worry. Be happy. Worry is a wasted emotion, and Bobby MsFerrin got it right when he sang, "In your life you'll have some trouble. When you worry you make it double."
See the glass as half full, not half empty.
Don't go to bed angry.
If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all.
It's always darkest before the dawn.
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
Honesty is the best policy.
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
Just do it!
And that sums it all up; I must just do it.
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